Peggy Noonan on Pop Culture, Polarization, & Why Young Journalists Should Emulate Tim Russert

This is part 2 of my interview with Peggy Noonan. To read part 1, click here. One of the recurring themes in Peggy Noonan’s book “The Time of Our Lives” is what she calls “old America,” the America in which she was raised with a sense of safety and hope for the future. During our [Read More…]

Peggy Noonan: The Catholic Church Should Treat America as Vast Mission Territory

Peggy Noonan can be described in many ways: former speechwriter for President Reagan, best-selling author, Wall Street Journal columnist, and political commentator. But the “core of [her] identity,” she says, is being Catholic. To Noonan, that means she embraces the tenets of Catholicism and sometimes offers “tough love” to the Church’s leadership, as she did [Read More…]

Beautiful Threads of Grace Are Woven Through Life, Even in Times of Suffering

“Jesus, help me, please,” prayed a then-teenage Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle in a state of terror as her fiancé Matthew (not his real name) forced a gun into her hand and tried to get her to kill him. Matthew was an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran who had been a leader in O’Boyle’s Catholic parish and she [Read More…]

On Hoarding, Cruelty, Faith & Finding Love in the Messiness of Life

As an Emmy Award-winning producer for CNN and “Good Morning America,” Mary Pflum Peterson has covered her share of interesting, drama-filled stories. But the most dramatic, perhaps, is the story about her own family that she shares in her new book “White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters.” One of those [Read More…]


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